Sara Meerow

Assistant Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
5302
Asst Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
5302
Asst Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
5302
Asst Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
5302

Biography

Sara Meerow is an interdisciplinary social-ecological systems scientist working at the intersection of urban geography and planning. Her research tackles the challenge of how to make cities more resilient in the face of climate change and other social and environmental hazards, while at the same time more sustainable and just. Specifically, she works on the theories and practices of urban resilience, green infrastructure, and climate change adaptation planning in a range of cities. Meerow emphasizes problem-driven, collaborative research that combines qualitative and quantitative methods with spatial analysis. She earned her doctorate in 2017 from the School of Natural Resources and Environment (now the School for Environment and Sustainability) at the University of Michigan. She also has a master's in international development studies from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Education

  • Ph.D. Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan
  • M.S. International Development Studies, University of Amsterdam 
  • B.A. Political Science and History, University of Florida

Google Scholar

Research Interests

Urban resilience; Climate change adaptation; Green infrastructure planning; Urban climate change governance; Urban infrastructure planning

Publications

 Keith, Ladd, Sara Meerow, Tess Wagner. Forthcoming. “Planning for extreme heat: A review.” Journal of Extreme Events

Fastiggi, Mary, Sara Meerow, Thaddeus R. Miller. 2020. “Governing urban resilience: Organizational structures and coordination strategies in 20 North American city governments.” Urban Studies. https://doi.org/10.1177/0042098020907277

Meerow, Sara. 2020. “The politics of multifunctional green infrastructure planning in New York City.” Cities. 100: 102621. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2020.10262

Meerow, Sara & Fabian G. Neuner. 2020. “Positively resilient? How framing local action affects public opinion.” Urban Affairs Review. https://doi.org/10.1177/1078087420905655

Meerow, Sara & Sierra Woodruff. 2020. “Seven principles of strong climate change planning.” Journal of the American Planning Association. 86(1): 39-46. https://doi.org/10.1080/01944363.2019.1652108

Meerow, Sara. 2019. “A Green Infrastructure Spatial Planning model for evaluating ecosystem service tradeoffs and synergies across three coastal megacities.” Environmental Research Letters. 14: 125011. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ab502c

Feagan, Mathieu, Marissa Matsler, Sara Meerow, Tischa A. Muñoz-Erickson, Robert Hobbins, Changdeok Gim, Clark Miller. 2019. “Redesigning knowledge systems for urban resilience.” Environmental Science & Policy. 101: 358-363. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2019.07.014 

Meerow, Sara, Pani Pajouhesh, Thaddeus Miller. 2019. “Social equity in urban resilience planning.” Local Environment. 24(9): 793-808. https://doi.org/10.1080/13549839.2019.1645103

Meerow, Sara and Joshua P. Newell. 2019. “Urban resilience for whom, what, when, where, and why?” Urban Geography 40(3): 309-329. https://doi.org/10.1080/02723638.2016.1206395

Larson, Kelli, Elizabeth Corley, Riley Andrade, Sharon Hall, Abigail York, Sara Meerow, Paul Coseo, Dan Childers, & David Hondula. 2019. "Subjective evaluations of ecosystem services and disservices: an approach to creating robust survey scales" Ecology & Society. 24(2): 7. https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-10888-240207

Moser, Susanne, Sara Meerow, James C. Arnott, Emily Jack-Scott. 2019. “The Turbulent world of resilience: Interpretations and themes for transdisciplinary dialogue.” Climatic Change. 153(1-2): 21-40.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-018-2358-0

 Zhang, Zhenzhen, Sara Meerow, Joshua P. Newell, Mark Lindquist. 2019. “Enhancing Landscape Connectivity through Multifunctional Green Infrastructure Corridor Modeling and Design.” Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. 38: 305-317. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2018.10.014    

Woodruff, Sierra, Sara Meerow, Melissa Stults, Chandler Wilkins. 2018. “Adaptation to Resilience Planning: Alternative pathways to prepare for climate change.” Journal of Planning Education and Research. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0739456X18801057

Meerow, Sara and Carrie L. Mitchell. 2017. “Weathering the storm: The politics of urban climate change adaptation planning.” Environment and Planning A. 49(11): 2619-2627. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0308518X17735225

Meerow, Sara. 2017. “Double exposure, infrastructure planning, and urban climate change resilience in coastal megacities: A case study of Manila.” Environment and Planning A. 49(11): 2649-2672. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0308518X17723630

Meerow, Sara and Joshua P. Newell. 2017. “Spatial planning for multifunctional green infrastructure: Growing resilience in Detroit.” Landscape and Urban Planning. 159: 62-75. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2016.10.005

Meerow, Sara and Melissa Stults. 2016. “Comparing conceptualizations of urban climate resilience in theory and practice.” Sustainability. 8(7): 701. https://doi.org/10.3390/su8070701

Meerow, Sara, Joshua P. Newell, Melissa Stults. 2016. “Defining Urban Resilience: A Review.” Landscape and Urban Planning. 147: 38-49. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2015.11.011

Nordgren, John, Melissa Stults, Sara Meerow. 2016. “Supporting Local Climate Change Adaptation: Where we are and where we need to go.” Environmental Science and Policy. 66: 344-352. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2016.05.006

Meerow, Sara and Joshua P. Newell. 2015. “Resilience and Complexity: A Bibliometric Review and Prospects for Industrial Ecology.” Journal of Industrial Ecology. 19(2): 236-251. https://doi.org/10.1111/jiec.12252

Meerow, Sara and Isa Baud. 2012. “Generating Resilience: Exploring the Contribution of the Small Power Producer and Very Small Power Producer Programs to the Resilience of Thailand’s Power Sector.” International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development. 4(1): 20-38. https://doi.org/10.1080/19463138.2012.667414

Mans, Ulrich and Sara Meerow. 2012. “Linking Green City Politics with Green Business” in Simpson and Zimmerman (Eds.), The Economy of Green Cities: World Compendium on the Green Urban Economy. ICLEI-Springer Series: Local Sustainability 3. Dordrecht: Springer.

Lindberg, Staffan and Sara Meerow. 2011. “Persistent Authoritarianism and the Future of Democracy in Africa” in Brown (ed.) Democratization: Doubt, Dictatorship, Diffusion, and Development. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press. 

 

Research Activity

NSF Humans, Disasters, and the Built Environment (HDBE) #1825367 (2018–2020) “Collaborative Research: Evaluating the potential for urban resilience planning to mitigate long-term flood risks.” 

Courses

Fall 2020
Course Number Course Title
SOS 111 Sustainable Cities
PUP 190 Sustainable Cities
PUP 492 Honors Directed Study
PUP 493 Honors Thesis
Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
PUP 492 Honors Directed Study
PUP 593 Applied Project
SOS 596 Capstone: Scientific Paper
PUP 690 Reading and Conference
PUP 692 Research
Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
SOS 111 Sustainable Cities
PUP 190 Sustainable Cities
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
SOS 111 Sustainable Cities
PUP 190 Sustainable Cities
PUP 548 Plang for Sustainb Communities
PUP 593 Applied Project
SOS 596 Capstone: Scientific Paper
PUP 690 Reading and Conference
PUP 692 Research
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
SOS 111 Sustainable Cities
PUP 190 Sustainable Cities
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
SOS 111 Sustainable Cities
PUP 190 Sustainable Cities
PUP 548 Plang for Sustainb Communities